LEH: The Border Roads Organization (BRO) has pushed infrastructure development and connectivity in UT of Ladakh in hyper drive over the past few years.
BRO has been at the forefront of creating roads, tunnels and bridges which have brought essential services and security to the people of Ladakh living in far flung regions.
After providing world class double lane roads in hypoxic heights and creating challenging bridges “where only Eagles dare”, the organization is looking forward to inaugurating three new road stretches including one in Eastern Ladakh and the roads Kargil – Dungil and Khaltse – Batalik in Western Ladakh along with six newly completed bridges.
The Director General of Border Roads Organisation (DGBR), Lieutenant General Raghu Srinivasan, VSM arrived in Leh to oversee various projects and synergize their execution with the UT administration.
As the UT administration, Indian Armed Forces and BRO are going “Gung – Ho”, the people of Ladakh and the nation are going to witness a major increase in the infrastructure of Ladakh, ushering in a new era of development in the history of Ladakh.
The DGBR travelled on the Nimu – Padam axis which is being prepared by Project Yojak as the third axis into Ladakh. The road is significant as it is planned to be an all-weather route with the upcoming Shinku La tunnel and will facilitate swift induction of armed forces to the front lines.
The road passes through the serene Zanskar valley and will be a game changer in times to come. New developments are being carried out amalgamating latest technologies, safety ancillaries, avalanche mitigation measures with improved road geometrics and long-lasting construction. New tunnels are being sanctioned to ensure the vibrancy of villages within Ladakh throughout the year as well as round the clock connectivity to our forces at the front-lines.
Lieutenant General Raghu Srinivasan, VSM met the Lieutenant Governor of Ladakh Brig. (Dr.) B D Mishra on 13 Jan 2024 along with Brig Vishal Srivastava, CE (P) Himank, Brig Saket Singh, CE (P) Beacon, Brig Vinay Bahl, CE (P) Vijayak and Col Vikas Gulia, officiating CE (P) Yojak.
The Lieutenant Governor was updated regarding the status of roads as well as the future plan of all axes into Ladakh including the national highways i.e. NH-1 and NH-3. BRO pitched for four-laning part of NH-1 as well as constructing and realigning the highway incorporating avalanche protection measures considering the strategic importance of the highway.
Future upgradations and maintenance of existing infrastructure were discussed which included projects like Khardung La and Fotu La tunnels as well as upgradation of road Khalsar – Agham – Shyok and new tunnel alignments that have been identified to bypass Chang La, Tanglang La and Lachung La for improved connectivity. The issues of land acquisition for new projects including Leh bypass were also on the agenda.
BRO actively maintains maximum roads to and within Ladakh, the roads hold significance on account of the security angle. With plans to create an integrated and robust communication network in the UT of Ladakh, the BRO is literally taking infrastructure development to new heights.